New acceleration fund to drive investment in forests

By Sophie Edwards on November 11, 2016 A new financial mechanism to help combat climate change by getting funds flowing into forest carbon credits is under development and could be launched by spring next year. Forest deforestation and degradation contributes to approximately 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions per year, and so protecting forests […]

Cap-and-trade program proven successful part of suite of climate policies

September 19, 2016 Rajinder Sahota California Air Resources Board 1001 I Street Sacramento, CA 95184 Re: Comments on Proposed Amendments for Third Compliance Period and Post-2020 Cap-and-Trade Program Dear Ms. Sahota: On behalf of the Environmental Defense Fund, and our over 60,000 members in California, we appreciate the opportunity to comment on the proposed amendments […]

Support of the IOP to achieve California’s 2030 statewide emissions reductions

To: California Air and Resources Board From: Daniel Nepstad, PhD, Executive Director and Senior Scientist, Earth Innovation Institute; Maria DiGiano, PhD, Anthropologist and Scientist at Earth Innovation Institute; Jack Horowitz, Research and Program Assistant, Earth Innovation Institute Earth Innovation Institute (EII) would first like to commend the California Air Resources Board (ARB) on submitting the […]

Governor Signs Climate Laws Extending Program Through 2030: Silent on Cap and Trade

California extends most ambitious US climate change law Gov. Jerry Brown extended the nation’s most ambitious climate change law Thursday by another 10 years as California charts a new goal to reduce carbon pollution. SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 11:52 AM  — LOS ANGELES Gov. Jerry Brown extended the nation’s most ambitious climate change law Thursday by another […]

California’s Big Decision on Climate Change & Tropical Forests

By Daniel Nepstad, Ph.D. Executive Director and Senior Scientist at Earth Innovation Institute June 15, 2016 California’s public policy innovations for solving environmental challenges have been emulated worldwide. The state is now poised to deepen this legacy of environmental leadership as it scopes the feasibility of implementing the tropical forests provision of its landmark Global […]

If a tree falls in Brazil…? Amazon deforestation could mean droughts for western U.S.

Posted November 7, 2013; 10:00 a.m. by Morgan Kelly, Office of Communications, News at Princeton In research meant to highlight how the destruction of the Amazon rainforest could affect climate elsewhere, Princeton University-led researchers report that the total deforestation of the Amazon may significantly reduce rain and snowfall in the western United States, resulting in water […]

Tropical Rainforests are Part of the Global Climate Solution

Earth Day 2016 will go down in the history books as the day the world took action on climate change. Last Friday, representatives from 175 nations signed the Paris Agreement, which sets climate targets and includes pledges from every country to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – the critical next step in combating climate change […]

Updated ARB Schedule for Cap-and-Trade and Mandatory GHG Reporting Regulation Amendment Process

California Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) staff is developing proposals for 2016 amendments to the California Cap on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Market Based Compliance Mechanisms (Cap-and-Trade Program) that will seek to improve Program efficiency and chart post-2020 implementation of the Program, as well as supporting changes to the Regulation for the Mandatory Reporting […]


The Forests 4 Climate Initiative is the redesigned version of the REDD Offset Working Group (ROW), which was established in February 2011 as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in November 2010 between the Governors of California, Chiapas, and Acre, as part of a collaborative effort to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest […]